Nothing worse than taking it out on the artist, AFTER you had done the tattoo, or hate the design, Im positive you are not held at gun point to get a tattoo, so a little Onus on making sure you yourself are happy and content with both artist and design, will go a long way.
Asian characters are a popular choice, as it is a way to get a meaning in a design. However, the tattoo studio walls are not the place to trust when looking for a character––many have double meanings, nuances, things that may give an impression that wasn't intended. Ask a friend who is fluent in the relevant Asian language to help you know whether the design might be misinterpreted in any way. Or go to online forums and ask nicely.
Go temporary before going for the permanent. It's one of the best ways to know your comfort limitations.
Don't be afraid to get a tattoo that doesn't have a deep meaning if you love the design. If you love Winnie the Pooh enough to look at him forever, get that Pooh Bear.
Perhaps have an honest heart-to-heart with people you know who do have tattoos already. Ask them how they feel wearing it and ask them to tell you both the good and the bad things about having a tattoo. Their responses will be part of what you weigh up when making your choice.
Often members of a family will get matching or complementary tattoos. Often, younger generations will incorporate elements of older family members tattoos in their own designs.
Think back to 10 years ago. If you had gotten a tattoo back then, what would it most likely have been? If you don't like the idea of having that on your body, don't get a tattoo now. Chances are, in 10 years, you'll regret getting it.
Feet, hands, and faces need more touch-ups, and more attention to heal properly. Expect to pay more for these areas. Some artists refuse to do facial or hand tattoos on a person that doesn't already have visible tattoos.
The darker and more filled-in a tattoo is, the longer it takes to remove. Which means more money, more pain, and more time. Multi-coloured tattoos will take longer to remove as they will require multiple treatments with different wavelength lasers for each pigment type. Completely black ink however, is easiest to remove by laser as it absorbs the beam on all wavelengths, breaking up the pigment with greater ease.
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